REMINDER: Backup & No Open Containers with Liquid!
I rarely keep a container open near my laptop but I did yesterday when I got distracted, and of course, I ended up bumping it onto my laptop which promptly went black. To top things off, I usually back up every week or 2 but I have "been too busy" for 5 weeks, currently losing most of that work that hadn't been transferred via Dropbox (maybe after my old laptop is done drying upside down for another day or so I might be able to restart and backup - Fingers are crossed super big time)
I can't be without a computer due to current workload, so I got a new one (not an expense I was looking to have!).
So, I don't want this to happen to you and thought I'd remind you to backup your computer now & often and keep open liquid containers away.
( ^ - ^ )
jimsz last edited by
A couple of hints - if yo don't have a local backup system in place simply upgrade dropbox to 1tb plan and keep all your working/active files in the dropbox folder. The update is continuous. For $10/mo it is the best insurance you can have.
as for your old computer, even it is no longer powers up, you can pull the HD or SD drop it in a housing and access it as an external drive.
@jimsz Thanks! You know, I do have DB-Plus, but I've mostly used it for transfer and keeping certain files for remote access. I hadn't really considered to use it as my active file space, but I think you make a good point, especially since DB had some files that I would have lost otherwise. Have you ever experienced a DB downtime where the files aren't accessible? I guess they would always stay on my harddrive even if DB goes down; they just wouldn't be synced (I haven't researched this).
It crossed my mind to pull the HD and use as an external. I am thinking that even as an external (I'm guessing I'll have to get a case & other tools from iFixit or elsewhere), it probably wouldn't work like other externals, and I would still have to boot it from my new laptop, correct?
Thanks for these thoughts. I think I will migrate my active files into a Dropbox system. Sometimes my files are up to 1Gb-2Gb so that had been a deterrent, but losing my data is an even bigger deterrent!
Regardless of my personal situation, I wanted to post a reminder to others. It is easy to get lazy with open containers and with backing up (as I was sharing with a client, they started moving their open container from their laptop).
I feel bad for you! it is terrible when that happens, I am not allowed drinks near the computer any more too many mishaps. sometimes it dries out ok I hope so.
@dottyp Thanks! It was pure water (no minerals so less corrosion than if it had them or was something worse like coffee, juice, wine) so I have a fighting chance, but water and electricity don't exactly play well together.... Fortunately it wasn't the most important stuff and we can all get buy without these files. — Have you had lots of mishaps?!
@quietyell so sorry this happened to you Scott!! I was able to bring a MacBook Air back from the brink after it took part of a glass of water to the keyboard - I purchased the proper Pentalobe driver (T5 maybe?) and took the back off of the laptop - I placed the laptop down on its two front edges so it was sitting like a tent and then I ran a fan into the opened back for 24 hours - it started right up -( this was all suggested by a local repair shop). I hope this helps - good luck!
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Oh no! That sucks. Hoping for a miraculous recovery for that computer.
@quietyell Water is easier because it won’t dry sticky like coke, I pretty much spill everything I go near
IT WORKED IT WORKED IT WORKED!!!!!
I was able to start my old laptop this morning and grab all the most important client files off it!
Of course, as I was pulling other files I heard periodic odd sounds (a kind of scraping, white noise, maybe sizzling sound), so I thought to pull my power cord out and just let the battery carry it.
OOPS! Bad move...The computer immediately went black...
Ahh, but I tried turning it on again later and was able to get all the rest of the files off - YAYYYY!!!
So it looks like I've gotten everything (perhaps with the exception of some stray files or preferences that are in odd locations and that I don't realize I am missing, but I will attempt a TimeMachine backup to grab those in case I ever go searching for them) My old laptop is unreliable (goes black when the plug is pulled) but perhaps I can tinker with it and find a use for it.
Regardless, this is me right now:
@jimsz Thanks again for the recommendation to simply keep my active files in my Dropbox synced folders. I moved them into there!
Again, I posted all this in hopes that it might be a reminder to anyone else here that may have not backed up lately or might have been keeping open liquid containers nearby.
Back-up often and keep liquids away!
Eli last edited by
@quietyell Hooray! I felt so awful for you and am glad you were able to rescue your files!! This was a timely reminder for me because I've been getting really cocky with putting my water cup for painting (as well as my coffee ) right next to the laptop while I'm painting. I'll think twice after your story.
@eli Thank you!!! And I am so glad it served to remind you and potentially have "saved" your computer. That was the goal of my sharing, because I got cocky as well (and lazy too!) and thought that perhaps others might be similar to me. Hurray for dry computers!
@quietyell Glad to hear that-I bet you are saying never again!
@dottyp Haha for sure! Though, knowing just how much I seem to like re-learning hard & painful lessons over and over again... haha